The dangers of used oil on farms

As a result of old-fashioned farming practices, contaminated oil is dripping into agricultural land across South Africa and contaminating our groundwater and rivers. Unsustainable practices In many farming communities in South Africa, habitual practices that have been carried out on farms for generations, are often not environmentally friendly and sustainable. These include using used motor lubricating oil as a wood …

Oil change – What happens to used lubricating oil in South Africa?

Global warming and environmental pollution has intensified our need to recycle our limited natural resources and to extend the lifespan of the manufactured products we use. The lubricants industry is no exception and currently in South Africa most of the used oil collected is recycled into heating fuel. However, internationally especially in the European Union, there is a significant trend in …

Used oil on South African farms polluting the environment

Contaminated oil is dripping into our agricultural land across South Africa, contaminating our groundwater and rivers as a result of old-fashioned farming practices. Agriculture generates millions of litres of used oil Commercial farming relies heavily on technology and mechanisation – which in turn relies on the use of motor lubricant oils. It is estimated that South Africa generates an average of 120 …

Trucking industry pressed to recycle oil properly

In a move to curb contaminants the South African road freight industry has been urged to properly store and collect used oil for recycling. More than seven million litres of used oil are generated by the trucking industry each year, a significant number considering that just one litre of used oil can contaminate one million litres of water. And according …

Independent mechanics urged to keep used oil out of the environment

Self-employed mechanics operating in urban township areas of the Western Cape and Gauteng seem to be enjoying booming business if a recent research survey is anything to go by.  The ROSE Foundation (Recycling Oil Saves the Environment) recently commissioned an in-depth survey on independent mechanics informally operating from their homes in Langa, Khayelitsha, Phillipi, Mitchells Plain, Soweto and Alexandra, and …

The future imagined for used oil sees SA embracing a closed loop economy

South Africa needs to move towards a more circular economy and away from the traditional focus on diversion from water and soil resources.  Moving towards a more circular economy – which is based on the principle of using, recycling, and reusing in an (almost) closed loop – could deliver opportunities including reduced pressures on the environment; enhanced security of supply …